The captain of the senior national team of Liberia, Allen Njie has openly apologized to Liberians following their poor performances in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers against the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde.
The Lone Star lost a crucial back-to-back fixtures against the Blue Sharks over the weekend. They lost 2-1 to the Cape Verdeans in the first leg on Thursday, 7 October at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana which Liberia used as their home ground.
The Red, White and Blue again suffered the venoms of their Cape Verde counterparts with a 1-0 defeat in the return leg at the Stadium Aderito Sena in Mindelo, Cape Verde on Sunday, October 10 courtesy of an 88th minute lone goal from Ryan Mendes to give a dramatic win to the home side.
The 22-year-old combative midfielder captained the Lone Star and played the full 90 minutes in the double fixtures against the Blue Sharks.
The defeats has since caused Liberians home and across the globe to hugely criticized the team including the technical staff especially for their poor coordination in those fixtures.
Making a statement on his official Facebook handle on Tuesday, 12 October, the Swiss based Liberian midfielder described their successive and shocking defeats to the Blue Sharks as a disappointment and national embarrassment to his Country, Liberia.
Njie at the same time expressed his deepest regret and extended his profound apologies to the people of Liberia.
“I wanna express my depress regret to the fans and people of Liberia.
I wanna apologize about the disappointment and embarrassment to our beloved country.” The midfielder said in his statement.
“We did as all we could had done to bring victory and smile on the faces of our beloved citizens. We sacrifice our blood and sweat but things happen at times in football. Never let the Fear of losing stop you from playing the game. Thanks for the support.” Njie further lamented.
Since making his senior national team debut in 2018 at 18 years and 26 days, the FC Aarau star has gone on to make 18 cap for the Lone Star.
He was officially given the captain armband of the team by Coach Butler in March of this year in a double international friendly against Saudi Arabia’s Olympic team taking over from Sam Johnson.
Since that time, the young midfielder has captained the team in eight matches.
Lone Star’s successive defeats to Cape Verde have weared away their hopes of making their first ever appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals set to be hosted by Qatar next year.
Liberia now sit bottom of the Group-C’s log with 3 points from four games which saw Englishman Peter Butler’s men recording one win alongside 3 losses.
They are up next against the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Central African Republic (CAR) in their two remaining Group-C’s fixtures in November.
Liberia have to win both fixtures with no less than 3 goals in each of the contest and hope their opponents do not secure a single win.
Considering the current performances of the Lone Star especially in their last outings against Cape Verde, it is obviously impossible for Peter Butler’s side to come out of this Group.
Liberia lost to Nigeria 2-0 in their opening match of the qualifying series before grabbing a one-zero victory over CAR last month.